Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Right wing hits new low with crass explotation of 9/11

It's been a long day and I'm out of the news loop this week because I'm working. So what's up with this 9/11 "docudrama" bullshit? Could ABC be any more transparent here? They're sending advance copies to every rightwing nut but refusing to send them to the people the program misportrays. I'm taking the rare occassion here to post Think Progress in its entirety but go over and read the links.
ABC Refuses to Provide Copies of Path to 9/11 to Clinton, Albright, Berger

ABC has been aggressively advancing its inaccurate and politically slanted miniseries, “The Path to 9/11,” to the right wing. Big players like Rush Limbaugh have been provided copies, as have obscure right-wing bloggers like Patterico.

But ABC has refused to provide a copy to President Clinton’s office. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger have also requested copies of the film from ABC, and both have been denied. Both Berger and Albright are harshly criticized in the film in scenes that, according to former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, are “180 degrees from what happened.”

Here is an excerpt from Albright’s letter:

While I have requested a copy of the broadcast, I have yet to receive one. I have been informed by some who had been given the right to view the broadcast that the drama depicts scenes that never happened, events that never took place, decisions that were never made and conversations that never occurred; it asserts as fact things that are not fact.

For example, one scene apparently portrays me as refusing to support a missile strike against bin Laden without first alerting the Pakistanis; it further asserts that I notified the Pakistanis of the strike over the objections of our military. Neither of these assertions is true. In fact, the 9/11 commission reports states (page 117), “Since the missiles headed for Afghanistan had had to cross Pakistan, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was sent to meet with Pakistan’s army chief of sspeculated that one or another Pakistani official might have sent a warning to the Taliban or Bin Ladin.”

You can read the full text of Berger’s letter here and Albright’s letter here.

Write ABC and tell them to tell the truth about 9/11.taff to assure him the missiles were not coming from India. Officials in Washington
What kind of joke is this? It's not funny, particularly in light of Americablog's dig into the archives showing the GOP actively blocked Clinton's requests for anti-terror legislation that would allow him to aggressively pursue bin Laden. Unlike Bush, Clinton wanted to do it under the law, not outside of it.
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Blogger Kathy said...

ABC should just drop their facade of being a family oriented station after this stunt. Is their idea of family values teaching children to lie?

Trying to depict yourself in a flattering light through the use of honest, verifiable facts is one thing, but lying in order to make yourself look good is wrong on so many levels. I am really worried about the message being sent to our young people in this country. I raised my children to be honest even if it got you in trouble, but honesty has become an old-fashioned moral to this bunch in power.

No values, no honesty, no integrity, no ethics. Why do people continue to vote for the GOP?

11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

they're gonna have to pay for this one.

2:53:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm with you Kathy. I'm disgusted with the GOP and their stenos in the media. This is the first time ABC has programmed with a political slant. I think they should lose their broadcast license.

Lester, they certainly should suffer some retribution for this but it won't be at the hands of the GOP led regulatory agencies.

3:45:00 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

(A)merican (B)ullshit (C)ompany

7:53:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

So true Kvatch. If they air this thing, I think the next step is to organize an drive to pull their broadcast license. Why we should we be giving them the airwaves for free.

9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

I think the next step is to organize an drive to pull their broadcast license.

That's an outstanding idea. Wonder if it could be done and on what specific basis?

10:38:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good question Kvatch. I'm leaving the organizing up to the big guys. John at Americablog has a lot of ideas. There's a bunch of the usual folks dancing around the concept. Free Press, Media Matters and a couple of other orgs I think are working on it actions. FireDogLake had a good post up yesterday with links to people who are doing stuff to translate the fakeumentary outrage into a greater push for media reform.

11:06:00 AM  

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